Everyone should go to work fearing violence and harassment


Everyone should go to work fearing violence and harassment


Feb. 2, 2024

Global Korean Post


On January 30, 2024,  the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 190 (C190), the Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019, formally enters into force in Canada. C190 is the first-ever global treaty on ending violence and harassment at work.

The coming into force marks the one-year anniversary of Canada’s ratification of C190. The Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan Jr., ratified the Convention on behalf of the Government of Canada alongside Gilbert Houngbo, Director-General of the ILO, at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on January 30, 2023.

Governments that ratify C190 are required to implement laws, policies and collective bargaining agreements that prohibit, prevent and address violence and harassment at work.

No Canadian should go to work fearing violence and harassment. Canada played a strong leadership role in the development, adoption, and advancement of the ILO’s C190, including chairing the standard-setting committee that negotiated the Convention over 2018 and 2019. The coming into force of C190 demonstrates Canada’s commitment to safe and healthy workplaces for everyone.

Around the world, Canada continues to promote C190 among international partners, as well as the kinds of laws and policies necessary to end violence and harassment at work. Across United Nations forums and other international engagements, Canada advocates for more inclusive workplaces that recognize the importance of equality and non-discrimination in employment and acknowledges that women and vulnerable people are disproportionately affected by violence and harassment at work.

At home, the Government is taking action to implement its workplace violence and harassment framework under the Canada Labour Code and Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations, which came into force in January 2021. The federal Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund is also helping to create safer workplaces for all, by investing $3.5 million annually in projects that help build the safe, respectful workplaces that workers deserve.